OCBC Cycle National Road Championships Supporters
OCBC Cycle National Road Championships Supporters
OCBC Cycle National Road Championships Supporters
OCBC Cycle National Road Championships Supporters
OCBC Cycle National Road Championships Supporters

OCBC Cycle Road Race 2019 - Team Support

Road Race

Indonesia

07 Jul 2019
Give your team the winning edge with personalised feedzone support. Provide them with their favourite gels, electrolyte and give them updates on split...

OCBC Cycle Road Race 2019 - Team Support

Road Race

Indonesia

07 Jul 2019
Give your team the winning edge with personalised feedzone support. Provide them with their favourite gels, electrolyte and give them updates on splits, even bring your own mechanic and spare wheels.

Support Your Team

Options

  • -Bus & Packet Lunch
  • -Ferry
  • -Bring Your Own Tent*
  • -Water provided
  • -Limited Spots Available
  • -Feedzones are together 

* Maybe subject to a terminal handling charge

Details

Details

 

The Feed Zone and the Soigneur

FeedzoneThe DOMPAK event will feature a “Feed Zone”, a dedicated section of the circuit where team & neutral Cycosports soigneurs will be distributing water and nutrition to the riders as they come through each lap.

As the event features two circuits, there will be two feed zones, one either side of the crest of the hill. If you are supporting a team racing on both circuits, we would recommend that you have dedicated individuals for each side of the crest. 

 

What’s a Soigneur?

soigneur (swʌnˈjə) / noun / Definition in English: In cycling, a person who gives training, massage, and other assistance to a team, especially during a race.


It’s a French word that basically means the team’s support person and in the context of Nongsa, will be the team’s feed zone representative delivering water and nutrition to team members.


There will also be neutral support provided by Cycosports, but if you want personalised service with your own special electrolytes, bars and gels, then having your own team soigneur makes sense.

 


The Feed Zone Setup

The feed zone will be in two parts – the lower section for teams and the upper section for Cycosports neutral support. Please space yourself evenly within the zone. 

 

No Feed Bags (Musettes)

While grand tours use them, the length of the race does not warrant feed bags. They also pose a danger to inexperienced riders who can easily get them caught.

 

Before The Race, Plan With Your Team

  • What bottles, drinks (water, energy drink, etc.), and food should be put in a cooler or other container for quick and easy transport and access
  • Where the soigneur will stand (right/left side of road, and beginning/middle/end of feed zone), and where on the course the feed zone is located
  • What the soigneur will be wearing (clothing colour, hat, etc.) so they can easily be spotted
  • Which lap(s) you plan to get a feed
  • What items you will get (energy drink vs. water) on which laps

 

Soigneur Skills for Handing Out BottlesWater Bottle Hold

  • Get close to the riders—usually this will be uncomfortably close for people new to feeding—but obviously don’t get into the road, which is dangerous for you and the riders
  • Hold the bottle correctly!!! Refer to the image shown here. 
  • Hold your arm straight out—this will be the right height for the rider and you won’t have to get quite so close
  • Let the rider absorb the impact of grabbing the bottle—don’t try to run along or move the bottle in the rider’s direction to lessen the impact. 
  • Pick up dropped bottles after completing the feed
  • New soigneurs should only try to feed one rider, two max. With more experience for rider and soigneur, it’s possible to feed more riders but still tricky.

 

Rider Skills and Tips for Getting a Feed

  • Toss off extra bottles after the feed zone—this way if you have a half-empty bottle you can keep it in case you miss your feed
  • Aim to grab the bottle at the neck with your thumb and forefinger, and the rest of your hand wrapping around the length of the bottle
  • Anticipate the difference in speed of the stationary bottle and let your arm absorb some of the speed difference—don’t try to grab the bottle with an iron hand and arm
  • Let dropped bottles go—don’t look back after them as you’re only likely to cause a crash

 

Recommendations

  • Feeding is a learned skill, so practice it!
  • Plan feeds earlier than needed in a circuit race so you can always have full bottles with you, even if you miss a feed one lap.
  • Writing your name (and team name) on bottles helps you get them back, but expect (and plan accordingly) to lose some.

 

Practice With Your Team

  • Find a quiet street/road with an uphill
  • Practice with the soigneur on either side of the road. Ideally, soigneurs should position themselves on the left side for safety.
  • If necessary, before reaching the feed zone the rider moves any empty or near empty bottles to make room for a new bottle
  • Rider approaches following a straight line near the white line
  • Rider maintains a line through the feed zone—do not swerve in toward the soigneur to get the feed as this creates more chaos for riders and feeders alike; the soigneur should adjust their road-side position to be at the appropriate distance
  • Soigneur holds bottle straight out at arm’s length grasping the bottle from the top (bottle dangling down)
  • Rider puts the hand out in bottle grabbing position (about 18“ in front of the shoulder at shoulder height with hand open) signalling they will take the bottle and helping the rider and soigneur home in for the feed
  • Rider holds a line and keeps eyes on the bottle as taking feed to properly catch bottle. I recommend wrapping the bottle into your chest to hold it securely (sort of like it was a football) and making sure you still have a safe line through the feed zone.

 

During a race

  • Stay to the left if you are not feeding—this will make life better and safer for everyone
  • Expect the feed zone to be a bit chaotic during a race, but focus on getting into position (or out of the way) before entering the feed zone, and holding your line through the entire feed zone.
  • Rider and soigneur should communicate with each other each lap through the feed zone—confirm the schedule (as it was planned) or make changes as necessary